Theses and Dissertations


Zhenyu Zhu

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Emerson, Joseph P.

Committee Member

Cui, Xin

Committee Member

Palma, Virginia Montiel

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible MSU Only 3 Years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Chemistry


Within the last few years, a significant contribution to the discovery of sp2C−H activation processes and useful applications for cross-coupling C−C bond formation has been achieved by the use of ruthenium(II) arene catalysts. The aim of this thesis is to describe a modular approach for the synthesis of several ruthenium(II) arene complexes with the potential for C−H activation. Another cutting-edge field, catalytic enantioselective functionalization of C−H bonds by transitional metal catalysts, has also been realized within the last few years. It represents a highly atom- and step-economic approach toward the generation of structural complexity. However, the majority of current methodologies rely on the usage of late third- row transition metals such as pallidum, iridium and rhodium. There is a need that motivates the search for cheaper, relative earth abundant metals that could have similar catalytic ability. Herein is also represented a preliminary study of a ruthenium(II)-catalyzed enantioselective access to chromane moiety enabled by chiral transient directing group.